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EXTENSION CORDS PRESENT POSSIBLE SHOCK HAZARD

 NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) warns consumers that extension cords manufactured by Columbia Wire & Cable of Columbus, Ohio, may present an electrical shock hazard to users. Consumers are urged to discontinue using these cords immediately.
 Unauthorized references to UL consisting of "UL-CSA APPROVED E-90165 E-96425" can be found on the packaging of these cords. The packaging also bears the catalog number "GF1812" directly beneath the bar code marking. These extension cords are not listed by UL and are not eligible to bear any reference to UL.
 The packaging of the extension cords advertises that the cords have a ground fault circuit interrupter which could protect users against electric shock. However, UL's evaluation of these cords indicates that the extension cord is wired improperly and could cause the metal parts of any products plugged into to it to become electrically live and shock the user. The evaluation also reveals that the extension cord does not have a ground fault circuit interrupter as advertised, but instead, has a two-prong immersion detection circuit interrupter attached to one end which will not provide ground fault protection.
 Consumers can identify these hazardous extension cords by examining the markings on the cord and product packaging. The extension cord is 12 feet long, white and marked with "18 AWG, Type SJT." On one end of the cord is a two-prong immersion detection circuit interrupter with the catalog number 6575 and "E96425" stamped into the housing. On the other end is a three-wire, female receptacle with the letters "JC" molded on the face of the receptacle.
 The extension cords were sold through 420 Odd Lots and Big Lots retail stores in Midwest and Southeast United States. Consolidated Stores, owners of the Odd Lots and Big Lots retail stores, have voluntarily removed the extension cords from the store shelves.
 UL is an independent, not-for-profit safety certification organization that operates four major testing facilities in the United States and nearly 200 inspection offices throughout the world.
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 /CONTACT: Tammi E. Gengenbacher of Underwriters Laboratories, 708-272-8800 ext. 2275/


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